Any cook, from a bumbling novice to a James Beard Award-winning chef, relies on at least a few tools in the kitchen. Some are essential basics, like an excellent blender or a sharp-as-hell chef knife, while others offer clever shortcuts, like an avocado slicer or a dumpling wrapper. Then there are the gadgets that solve problems you didn’t realize you had, like a special pot for making mac and cheese or tool for slicing... kiwi.
Which kitchen gadgets are really necessary? Which are more a hassle than they are helpful? And if they are helpful, which are worth an astronomical price tag?
Eater has spent hours testing food-related gadgets, from the basic (rice cookers!) to the gimmicky (the Pancakebot!), in The Kitchen Gadget Test Show and previously in You Can Do This! video series. Now you can find them all — and watch all the video reviews — right here.
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A slotted bowl promises "healthy and fresh salads in 60 seconds” (though much as a knife can’t guarantee what it cuts will be “healthy," a bowl can’t either).
Meet the unitasker of all unitaskers: the breakfast sandwich maker from Hamilton Beach that aims to replace your frying pan.
Poaching eggs is notoriously difficult — which is why this ExcelSteel gadget promises perfectly poached eggs every time.
This little contraption with the words “Mac & Cheese Nation” on it looks like a cross between an electric kettle and a children’s toy.
This handheld green gadget slices your avocados into multiple thin slices at once. It removes pits as well.
A handy tool that changes the game — when a fruit salad calls for kiwi, at least. The real question is how it fares against a trusty knife.
Fresh fruit is so much better than weird precut chunks. And this pineapple corer will actually make you want to dice pineapples.
Odds are you've laid eyes on this pentagon-shaped induction cooktop, the star of countless BuzzFeed videos, in your social media feeds.
No one really needs a nearly $300 tool that will make custom-shaped pancakes, but the PancakeBot is pure breakfast entertainment and a solid party trick.
Say you don’t have a convection oven at home, but still want to eat crispy, fried food — all while being healthy. Well, this is your guy.
With this Zojirushi rice cooker, you'll no longer have to babysit your pot of rice while it cooks. It also keeps rice warm for extended periods.
A dorm room staple, this rice cooker is the one you know and love. Bonus: It can also handle oatmeal, soups, omelets, and pasta.
Achieving perfect eggs is one of the most common cooking challenges. This cooker does a pretty good job at delivering hard-boiled eggs.
The name isn't great, but the Skinzit will help you skin fish and remove rib bones at home — without even touching a knife.
No prior sushi-making experience is needed to use this "perfect" sushi roll machine (though it doesn’t exactly make flawless rolls).
This sushi roll bazooka has probably the greatest gadget name in this bunch. The all-in-one tool pumps out pretty neat rolls, too.
Lighting company Philips thinks you should be able to safely grill meat and vegetables indoors using infrared burners.
Finally, a dedicated tool for making Chinese dumplings, ravioli, and pierogi — that isn't your own hands.
Who doesn't love pizza in a box? Cook and serve your pie right inside the pizza-box oven for a fun party trick.
Manually crank your crushed ice with the help of this very cute snow cone machine. (Syrups and other fun toppings not included.)
This little red gadget — that operates with just the flip of a switch — is what happens when a big brand tackles the shaved ice machine.
Of all the shaved ice machines out there, this one will yield the fluffiest ice for the best Korean bingsu. Condensed milk and red bean sold separately.
This famous infomercial pan wants to replace almost all of the cookware in your kitchen — including pots and pans — with one single tool.
Sure, you can keep whipping cream by hand with a whisk or fork, or you can take this professional gadget for a spin.
A keyboard vacuum is probably a surprising add on a kitchen gadget roundup, but with a little work, it can be turned into a cold smoker.
Sous vide is now a sought-after method in most professional kitchens. Try the technique in your home kitchen with this tool.
Who knew that these cocktail picks could come in handy for roasting s'mores at home? Now you do.
Measure your grams, ounces, pennyweights, carats… Basically, do like the pros do and measure ingredients with a scale.
Simplify tea time with a cordless water kettle that illuminates when hot water is near, and shuts off when it's ready to serve.
We’re sure you’ve wanted to make your own ice cream at home before. Just pour your ice cream base in and this Breville tool will do the rest.
According to our extensive testing, this affordable ice cream maker is actually the best of the bunch.
If you want to make ice cream at home and are also devoted to the Cuisinart brand, this is your product.
Maybe you're tired of having to separate your egg whites from your egg yolks by hand? If so, try this gadget.
If you have a gas stove at home but want the option of induction, this big-ticket item lets you easily control any temperature from 86 degrees F to 482 degrees F.
Long used by restaurants, this centrifuge means flavored oils, homemade butter, and quick cold-brew coffee could be in your future.
Turn any old pan into a nonstick pan by lining it with one of these silicone baking mats. Unlike parchment paper, the mats are reusable.
Have you ever wanted to print text or images directly onto your food? Now you can. (Compatible printer required.)
These insulated bags keep hot items hot and cold items cold, a real life-changer for all future picnics.
An all-in-one pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker? There’s a reason this is the internet's favorite appliance.
Making bread at home is much less daunting when all that’s required is pushing a button. You can also add fruits and nuts.
There are more than 10 settings on this budget-friendly bread maker, including French, quick bread, whole grain, and cake.
A 13-hour-delay start timer basically means you can wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread.
Another fun gadget from Cuisinart, this one promises soft serve in under 20 minutes. There’s a tool to mix in toppings and candy, too.
This three-piece attachment for your existing stand mixer will roll pasta dough and cut it into either fettuccine or spaghetti.
One of the more niche attachment options for a KitchenAid stand mixer, this one is dedicated to making sheets of ravioli.
Six different pasta shapes are possible thanks to this attachment, including fusilli, rigatoni, spaghetti, macaroni, and bucatini.
The dream of two grilled cheese sandwiches in under five minutes is possible with this bright yellow toaster from Nostalgia.
Chef-backed and high-performance, the Vitamix can chop, emulsify, grind, blend, and heat right on your countertop.
All 1,000 watts in Ninja’s personal blender are dedicated to cranking out smoothies and juices with relative ease.
In addition to smoothies and juices, the Magic Bullet promises to whip up sauces, spreads, and omelets.
This pressure cooker also functions as an indoor smoker, with actual wood chips — which is more than the Instant Pot can boast.
The safest way to fry a big bird, this fryer from Butterball will cook an 18-pound turkey in less than an hour.
This gadget calls itself "barbecue's perfect companion," but FYI: It's not that great at assembling kebabs.
The technology built into this pricey grill allows it to heat steaks all the way up to 1500 degrees, promising steakhouse-quality cuts.
A grill specially made for Korean barbecue at home that doesn’t emit any smoke or even require butane.
The already-durable cast iron pan gets a polished pick up from Butter Pan, which promises a uniquely smooth version of the kitchen essential.
Maybe the most recognizable name in cast iron, the Lodge pan will give your steaks a more perfect sear and bake knockout cornbread.
Standard ovens are never hot enough for at-home pizza, but this countertop gadget hits up to 750 degrees to make wood fired pizza in just two minutes.
Because of this gadget’s dual lids, you can pressure cook a chicken to lock in its juices, then finish by roasting it under a convention fan.
This pan comes fully-equipped to be non-stick, which is exactly what you want when making takoyaki — fried octopus balls beloved in Japan.
When Yamazen decided to craft a takoyaki grill, it went with an electric model — but you still have to flip the octopus balls on your own.
The takoyaki pan option from Sugiyama will flip the balls for you, but the gadget should still be paired with an incredibly watchful eye.
A countertop steam oven from Sharp with five cooking modes, this tool is similar to the restaurant staple known as the combi oven.
Perhaps the most basic chef's knife. This one has an eight-inch blade, is made of Japanese steel, is comfortable to use, and costs less than $20.
The easy-to-use (though not the most gentle) knife sharpener that you can carry around in your pocket... unlike your knife.
A highly quick and efficient knife sharpener that safely suctions itself to any countertop, removing the risk of the knife slipping or sliding.
It's a no-brainer for a popular knife maker like Wusthof to create its own knife sharpener; this one is electric which results in a more refined edge (at least, compared to the cheap manual ones).
For the hands-on knife user who's maybe a perfectionist, this sharpener is extremely technical and precise; but the different options can be confusing and messy.
Sure, this bright red gadget will equip your average microwave with pressure cooking capabilities, but it won't really do it any more efficiently.
Make an actually-crispy grilled cheese, tuna melt, or your favorite panino in the microwave — in under five minutes, no less.
The best part of this sushi set is the rice cooker, which lets you cleanly cook rice in your microwave in about 10 minutes.
Just like the Copper Chef pan on this guide, this microwave tool wants to convince you that you don’t need an actual grill.
This countertop smart oven allows you to sear fish and roast potatoes to a golden brown at the same time, all in under 20 minutes.
For the Japanese mochi fiends, an electric maker from Tiger saves you from the tasking and sticky process of handmade mochi.
Just like the chef-favorite rice cooker from Zojirushi, this rice cake maker from the brand saves you from time spent pounding and cooking mochi dough.
The most traditional way to make yakitori at home, this charcoal-fired home grill has two windows that let you completely control air flow.
If that quintessential, smokey charcoal flavor that comes with yakitori isn’t a huge deal to you, then this compact yakitori grill is great.
An automated yakitori machine that rotates the skewered chicken so you don’t have to. It’s smokeless and indoor safe, but not the best option.
This downright cheap frying pan is a nonstick wonder for just about everything, but especially eggs.
It may seems like a step up from cheaper nonstick pans, but this Calphalon pan is just... fine.
This fry pan works like a charm, but it is pricey.
A trendy, newfangled contraption, the Kudu comes with variety of attachments, including a grilling grate and a cast-iron skillet.
Perhaps the most trusted and beloved maker of outdoor grills, the Weber is a classic for a reason.
This smokeless device is not as strong as a bigger grill, but it is more portable.
From the brand that brought you the Instant Pot, this 7-in-1 tool's best function might just be its rotating rotisserie.
A portable pizza oven that will actually deliver on Neapolitan-style pizza in minutes.
You can make wood-fired pizza outdoors in this portable oven (though it's not as easy as it promises...).
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